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09/13/2017
Competing doesn't have to be a bad experience for your children. There are many lessons to be learned that will stay with them into adulthood. It's all about learning to be a healthy competitor. This article will help you guide your children into developing a healthy competitor spirit. Some people believe competition can be damaging for children and destroy their self-esteem. Others believe that some competition can be useful to push their children to do their best. However you feel, you must admit that competition is inevitable when multiple children are involved. You can try as hard as you want to prevent it at home, but it’s bound to happen outside. The best you can do is take advantage of the benefits of healthy competition for your children and help them cultivate a healthy competitive spirit. In this post, The Tutoring Center, Rosenberg TX brings you some information about the benefits of competing and what you can do to make sure it doesn’t affect your youngsters negatively.

The Lessons in Healthy Competition

  • Growth: Sore losers never go far, and, unfortunately, losing is part of life. No one enjoys losing, but competing teaches us to learn to cope with defeat. It’s better to learn a lesson from a loss and grow from it rather than remain angry and disappointed. Sometimes, even if you do everything right you still lose, and it’s good to learn that young.
  • Humility: A bragger is just as bad as a sore loser. It’s important that children learn to be in both positions so that they know how to deal with them appropriately. Showing respect for their competition is part of being an adult. They shouldn’t make other people feel bad because they lost because they wouldn’t like it if the roles were reversed.
  • Creative competition: Competition forces us to look for creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. For instance, if a sports team has never been defeated, the opponent is compelled to find innovative ways to achieve this. Creative competition also teaches children the importance of working as a team. As a team, they can reach a satisfactory solution together. Two heads are better than one.
  • Preparation for the real world: As a parent, you try to shield and protect your children from bruised knees or egos. You won’t be able to do that when they grow up, which is why they need to fend for themselves. Understanding that things don’t always go our way is a lesson better learned as young. It can help prepare your children for the real world in the future.
Another way you can help prepare your children for the real world is with tutoring classes. Tutoring will help them gain new knowledge and improve the scholastic abilities that they've yet to master at school. Call The Tutoring Center, Rosenberg TX at (832) 363-7873 to learn all about their tutoring options in Rosenberg, TX.

 How to Encourage Healthy Competition

  • Don’t focus on winning: You need to tell your children that sometimes the journey and the effort they make is more important than winning. As long as they make the best possible effort and they learn something in the process, a trophy is not necessary. For instance, while playing sports they may not end up winning, but if they scored three out of the five goals, they did amazing.
  • Be their own competition: Instead of focusing on competing against their classmates, they should compete against themselves. They shouldn’t be worrying about their classmates' grades, they should worry about raising their own grades. If your children are runners, they should be focusing on beating their own record.
  • Talk about values: It’s important to discuss cheating. It’s never ok to cheat to win, no matter how much they want to be winners. Talk about the importance of values such as honesty, responsibility, empathy, and hard work, which are the values your children should be working towards.
  • Don’t compare: You should never compare one child with another since this only promotes resentment and rivalry. Everyone is different, they have different learning styles, and skills, so it’s not fair to compare even if you do it unintentionally.
  • Give them space: Don’t stress or push your children to be winners on your terms. Let them do it at their own time. Don’t micromanage their activities to force them to compete. Just let them advance at their own pace.
  • Accept them for who they are: Some children are not competitive at all, it’s important that you understand that. It doesn’t mean that they don’t try their best, they’re content as they are. Some children are happy that way, and that’s basically what healthy competition is: being satisfied with your results.

Tutoring in Rosenberg TX

Tutoring can help your children beat their own scores and do better in school. They will also learn plenty of other skills such as taking notes, finding the main idea, and studying successfully. Call The Tutoring Center, Rosenberg TX at (832) 363-7873 to learn about their tutoring options in Rosenberg.

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